South Leeds Roundup: Wellies, wills and a dream wedding

Here’s your regular roundup of what’s making South Leeds tick on other websites, blogs and across Facebook and Twitter.

We start this week in Hunslet where the Assisted Living Leeds centre near the Royal Armouries was hit by the Boxing Day floods. The service is still recovering and you can read about their progress on the Better Lives for People in Leeds blog.

Assisted Living wellies

Man from Holbeck leaves £16m in his will. Well that’s the modern equivalent of what Joshua Horner Robinson left in 1891. Read his story on the Friends of Holbeck Cemetery blog.

Progress with the Beeston Neighbourhood Plan will be discussed at the Beeston Neighbourhood Forum on Thursday at 7:30pm at Beeston Village Community Centre. There will also be a speaker from Unity Housing.

This is not to be confused with Beeston Community Forum which meets next Thursday (3 March) Inspector Jon Arrowsuch from the Neighbourhood Policing Team will be the speaker.

A pre-season friendly for Hunslet Warriors has been arranged with Dewsbury Moor, on Saturday (27 February).

Congratulations to William (Bill) Cutler from Cottingley, who has been awarded France’s highest honour Legion d’Honneur, for his role in the D-Day landings in 1944 according to a report in the Yorkshire Post.

Another man who won a medal from the French was George Eaton from Belle Isle. In 1947 he tried to claim a pension to go along with the medal he was awarded in 1917. This and other stories are told on the Blog In The Past section of the Belle Isle History site.

Staying in the past there were signs of child labour as the Leeds Young Archaeologists Club discovered how the horse gin in Middleton Park worked last week.

Free dog poo bag dispensers have been installed in Cross Flatts Park as part of a trial. Dog owners now have no excuse for not picking up after their hounds (not that they ever did have an excuse).

Dog poo will no doubt be on the agenda at the Environment Workshop organised by the Inner South Community Committee for residents of Beeston, Holbeck and Cottingley. It’s on Thursday (25 February) at 6pm at St Matthew’s Community Centre in Holbeck.

“Ladies, ever thought about joining a running club and written it off at the pure fear of embarrassment?” That’s the question posed by Run Leeds. The answer is a partnership between This Leeds Girl Can Run and South Leeds Sisters. The beginners class on a Monday teatime will start with a walk and build up gradually.

White Rose Cheer have added a new Recreational (as opposed to competitive) Cheerleading class on a Tuesday.

Alan and Porl from Slung Low Theatre in Holbeck had a trip to Calais last weekend. It wasn’t a booze cruise they were help build new shelters for refugees in ‘The Jungle’.

Save Our Beeston has called a residents meeting on Monday (29 February) to discuss the proposed match day parking permit scheme. The meeting, at Cross Flatts Recreation Club starts at 7:15pm. Don’t forget their fundraiser for Val Duggan on Saturday 5 March at the Tommy Wass pub.

And finally, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports that a couple from Beeston have won a dream wedding for their sterling fundraising efforts for Radio Aire’s Cash For Kids appeal. Congratulations to them on both counts.